Happy 2018 to everyone. With this post I will move back briefly back to the JFK assassination and to Congressional inquiries in general.  As I’ve said many times before, normally political/party self interest makes such hearings and inquiries nothing more than an exercise in stage management and accomplishes relatively little. The government has a horrible record of investigating itself; actually agency IG’s do a far better job – but in terms of actual effect, such work is usually defeated by bureaucracy and career interests.  The CIA IG investigation of the Bay of Pigs fiasco is a case in point. More recently the CIA and FBI investigations of 9/11 produced some very solid results and recommendations – which were officially ignored.

Even when a special investigation does turn up some solid evidence of dereliction of duty, as in the 9/11 Commission or the Kerry Committee, politics somehow manages to protect those responsible – I detailed that in Surprise Attack so no need to elaborate here.

Yet there are exceptions, as an example the work of the Church Committee, the Pike Committee and the Kerry Committee exposed a significant of amount of CIA and FBI “sins”  and raised fundamental questions in regard to the operation of those agencies. In particular the Kerry committee exposed the extent to which the National Security Act of 1947 and secret agreements with the Justice Department actually protected both CIA and Reagan Administration assets involved in massive drug smuggling.

Good work can be done by committees, although it normally has to be done in closed session, it requires professional investigators and it has to be done within an Administration that is not afraid of skeletons in the Presidential closet.

Recently, as part of the JFK 101 series, Chuck Ochelli, Carmine Savastino and I spent two hours digging into the work of the Church Committee and the activities it exposed – as well as its role in setting the stage for the House Select Committee on Assassinations. In terms of understanding the evolution of JFK assassination revelations I think it was a worthwhile effort; you can find it at the following link:

https://ochelli.com/jfk-101-church-committee-reports/

 

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  1. Matt says:

    Just saw the presentation you did with Bill Simpich on ZRIFLE (via JFKfacts).. .excellent work!

    I am curious if you have listened to the 12/18/17 edition of ‘The Daily,’ the New York Times podcast interviewing the reporter behind the Times’ story on the Pentagon UFO program. It affirmed the story you tell in Unidentified. Which, by the way, I look forward to getting back to (these holidays have been unkind to reading).

    Happy New Years. Hope this finds you well

    • larryjoe2 says:

      Hi Matt, I’m glad you enjoyed the ZR/RIFLE material, there has been so much fragmented dialog on that program that Bill and I felt it deserved an in depth overview which pulled everything together based on the actual documentation available.

      On the NYT podcast, no I didn’t see that although I did read a print NYT story on the subject. The frustrating thing appears to be that even with a special Pentagon office, there does not appear to have been the sort of general intelligence service buy in and cooperation (nor participation from NORAD or the Air Force as a whole) to really move things forward. I also see no sign that any analysis tools were used beyond the single incident approach that literally failed the Air Force for three decades. I know for a fact that Air Force personnel – and others – still deal with highly anomalous incidents but once each is reported and proves not to be ongoing or a threat, no further action is taken.

      I think I make a good case about how it would need to be treated in Unidentified and until it comes down from the level of the NSC that is just not going to happen, even then it would take someone on the Presidential staff to make it stick. For anyone who has read Surprise Attack, think about the 2000 Millennium terror plots…if the terror response had not be forced on a day by day basis from the FBI Directors office and the President’s staff, the attacks would not have been identified and aborted – in contrast, only a year later and new people in play that pressure was not applied and a series of field reports made no impact on D.C, the result was 9/11. National level issues don’t get solved within a single office, not even a Pentagon office.

      On another point, its amazing to see the number of UFO folks who are treating the whole thing as some sort of government disinformation or limited hang-out effort.

  2. Matt says:

    Yeah – lack of institutional support seems to be why the guy became a whistleblower. The thrust of his argument is that secrecy at the Pentagon choked out his mission. I actually found listening to the source (I’m writing this on the subway – normally I’d find it) actually speak more interesting than the article.

    The pleasure of the ZRRIFLE presentation was that it was very clarifying. I have been reading about ZRRIFLE for two decades and was sort of stunned by it. The discipline of researching this material is, in part, being available for description and redescription in hopes of landing on more solid ground, with a fuller grasp of the story. In this regard you and Simpich consistently deliver.

    • larryjoe2 says:

      It is interesting to hear the former head of the new Pentagon office talk about obstacles faced…largely because it sounds very similar to the remarks made by Captain Ruppelt, the head of Blue Book when it was seriously engaged with the subject – although that only lasted for a year or so before a failure to take it up to the level of the NSC killed the whole effort from developing into anything meaningful. In looking at the decision of the SecDef not to extend authorization for code word classification rights to the new UFO threat project you can see the same game in play – without support and access at the highest level it simply cannot succeed.

      I also have to say that in a way the whole Unidentified book is a bit like the ZR/RIFLE presentation, by itself each of the smaller aspects of ZR/RIFLE are fascinating and totally mysterious. Its also vital to be able to establish the chronology because as with any other project it evolved over time…and was heavily affected by who was involved at each stage.

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